Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired; that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."

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The End of an Era

I sat at the school table last fall and told the kids that this was the last 1st day of school I would ever have with 3 students.  And I never gave that comment another thought.  Until yesterday.  Karra called everyone to the table to expound upon the end of her school career.  It was my first “last” last day of school.  She’s done (except for two subjects finishing over the summer).  She’s not an official graduate until June 6, but she’s now an ex-Senior.  I hope in the next two weeks I can round up all of our “1st Day of Homeschool” pictures that we take every year.  She’ll hate it, but I’ll put them out at her graduation 😀  After the school day we went to Cold Stone for big bowls of creative yumminess!  What a perfect finish to the day.

I still have a lot of cleaning in the house and we have a lot of yard work to do and I need to make decorations – and my BFF offered the things left over from Karra’s BFF’s graduation party; oh, joy!  The next two weeks will be REALLY busy and I’m going to put the hutch together and seal everything except the back walls so that Kristen can paint the flowers on later.  Right now it needs to get out of my garage!!  And those bumble bee stools need to get painted – along with my front door, exterior trim on 3 doors and my downstairs bathroom.  In two weeks??  QUIT LAUGHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday we tried out the new pressure canner and we are ready to rock n roll at canning season!!

We put fresh laid eggs under one of our broody hens today and are hoping to have some mama-hatched chicks next month!

And today. . . . Kristen and I got started on the stalls. I took 3 wheelbarrows from the cow stall to the chicken run and then Hubby pulled the truck into Libby’s stall and we loaded the truck. We had an adventure figuring out how to get from the barn in pasture one to the hole we wanted to fill in pasture two. There is windbreak planted through the pastures that was planted long before we decided we wanted to have farm animals and pastures. The cows have enjoyed killing/stripping/destroying about half of the screening willows. Hubby had to take out 3 small dead trees to make a path in pasture two and another dead tree in pasture three. We had to drive out of pasture one by the workshop – no first we had to pull out of the barn and miss the maple tree, but turn sharp in time to miss the screen of willows and then out of the pasture – up the driveway, swing wide to the right and turn left into pasture three ( he should be glad that I insisted on that gate!) and then weave through the maple and poplar trees going toward the road to turn the truck and come back through the trees and the opening Hubby made to get between the trees and the fence line. Dead branches banging the truck, we got through the gate into pasture two, wove through the open section then squeezed through the new opening between live and dead screening willows. Pulled through that tight spot to another opening and then backed up to the hole. After we unloaded the mess, we had to reverse the course in order to get back out of pasture three and return to the barn. We took two truck loads out of the barn and had to quit because we were exhausted. The stalls are NOT done. Those of you with a tractor or BobCat are the most blessed farmers out there.

Of course, now I’m adding to lop those dead branches off the trees and get all of the tree branches out of the pastures (and the orchard) before the graduation party.  The new garden posts are in and cemented in place and we’ve decided to move the blueberries (again) into the garden area.  I may only get one more garden bed out of the expansion, but we’ll have grapes, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries SAFE inside the garden.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

 

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Blessings – Unbelievable

I really don’t try to stay away for so long, it just kind of happens.  It’s this strange thing going on called LIFE.

After we found about the team, I did some searching for the money to pay for it and told Kristen the cold, hard truth might be that we have to wait until next year to join the team.  It was hard to say and hard for her to hear.  I did some praying and reminded God that this girl is a tither.  He woke me up in the middle of the night and showed me some money I didn’t know we had!  It covered her IEA registration, her team fees, chaps and hat.  She offered to pay for the show shirt she’ll need, she contacted her trainer and asked to work off the extra lesson, and I knew I would still have the added fee of her team jacket.  But God went to work.

The girls helped set up at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and God took care of the team jacket.  Her trainer and his wife GAVE her a show hat that their family no longer needed – cleaned it and had it reshaped for Kristen.  We got to go to the Congress this past Wednesday with our beloved friends J & D and we found Kristen’s chaps and bought a can for her hat (I don’t know why they call it a can, it’s a plastic hat box) – and all was covered by the money that God showed me.

And while we were all talking they asked if I needed any straw because J knows someone with a landscaping business and they needed straw for a client but didn’t know what to do with it afterward and hated to just take it in to be mulched.  O MY GOODNESS!  I need straw for a thick layer in the new chicken coop and we’ll need it for lambing next March.  And it wouldn’t hurt to insulate around the rabbit cages in the barn.  I’ll get twice as many bales as I was planning to buy – and all for free!

God has blessed us amazingly!  It’s just been so special to watch God bring the riding team to pass for Kristen.  We’ll have entrance fees for each show and I looked at her and said, “What hasn’t God provided for this?”  He is truly amazing.

On Thursday I went to see my doctor and she says I probably have a pinched nerve in my back that is making my leg ache.  Off I go to the chiropractor, do da, do da!  On Friday I finally painted the barn doors, oh to do da day – My aching self!!!!  Reach up, bend down, reach up, bend down.  Climb the ladder, tense the legs, paint and climb down.  How many more times do I have to go up this ladder?  I swear the new, bigger door went faster because I wanted off that ladder so badly.  In the end it took 5 hours to do the background boards on both doors.  After dropping my tools while on the ladder (but catching them before they hit the dirt!) my gloves were covered with paint and the brush handles were sticking to me terribly.  I got paint on both sides of my edging tool, so I have some paint on the cross boards and will probably have  quite a few irritated words to say to myself when I paint those cross boards next weekend.

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I got a picture of Sugar coming in to the barn and sniffing the newly painted door – phewee it stinks cause she pulled away from the door right away.  The camera didn’t reset in time to get Libby sniffing the other door.  I honestly haven’t been out to look at them since Friday.  It’s been rainy and I spent yesterday canning applesauce and baking cookies and doggie treats.  I’ll run out once today to check.

The new chickens are kicking into production.  We got 2 dozen eggs last week.  I found 5 in the boxes when we got home from church today.  I’m up to my eyeballs in eggs and will be giving them away at Life Group this Tuesday.  I don’t know how long they’ll be in good production ahead of winter or I’d start taking orders.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Homestead.

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